NEW CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL COALITION OF 100 BLACK WOMEN INSTALLED
It was in the season that the luscious green of summer gives way to the colourful ebb of fall in 1970, in New York City that 24 Black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s. Those meetings led to the birth of the Coalition of 100 Black Women.
From that modest beginning, the vision of these 24 Black women gave rise to a burgeoning membership of 500 and a need to move beyond the founding grounds of New York City…and so it came to past that in 1981, the Coalition of 100 Black Women enlarged its territory to become “The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW)” on October 24, 1981, with representatives from 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Since that time, chapters of NCBW have formed throughout the United States. …and so it came to past once again in the midst of fall turning to winter, on Saturday, January 28, 2012, in Orlando, Florida during the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Board meeting that permission was granted to organize a chapter in Prince William County in Virginia. Although all the chapters of NCBW are replete with scores of women of distinction and game-changing successes, there is something unique about this chapter.
First, this chapter, like the Old Dominion, is steeped in uncommon leadership, starting with its first chapter president, Dr. Alice Howard. Under her leadership, NCBW Prince William County moved from an approval on January 28, 2012, to stand up a new chapter, to its installation ceremony in November 2012, a record setting accomplishment in less than 10 months. As a result of the dedicated commitment Dr. Howard, on November 17, 2012, overlooking the majestic Potomac River in Woodbridge, Virginia, 71 dynamic women were installed as members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince William County Chapter, Inc., to serve the communities of Woodbridge, Manassas and Manassas Park. Secondly, the distinguished ladies of the Prince William County Chapter are to be commended for having the foresight, the vision, and the diligence and commitment to this endeavor.